Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Publication date: 
2010
Accord issue: 
21

In Somali society political representation is a complex issue related to notions of descent and perceived and self-ascribed power, size and territorial control of clans. Markus Hoehne examines Somali notions of ‘belonging’ and reviews representation in internationally-mediated peace conferences, and local political representation in Sool region. He concludes that delegates’ legitimacy is tied to their ‘accountability’ to the people who select them.

Somali representatives in peace processes commonly wear several ‘hats’, transferring affiliation as appropriate to whichever role suits their personal interests or those of their patrons. Efforts to reduce this complexity to simplistic blueprints have so far proved ineffective. 

Markus Hoehne